By Gina J

New Kids on the Block’s own Joey McIntyre called Gina J to talk all about this summer’s highly anticipated tour with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees! He also filled us in on the new NKOTB album, and his big race this Monday!

NKOTB’s youngest member grew up outside of Boston, and this Monday he will return to the city as a participant in the annual Patriots’ Day race– the Boston Marathon.   “It is probably going to be very emotional being in my hometown and doing that,” Joey told Gina. “It’s very exciting.”

The singer has dedicated himself to months of training in preparation for the twenty six mile run, and he noted that all the hard work has been paying off.  “I have learned a lot through the preparation and the training. Like anything, if you train the right way you feel prepared [and] I feel pretty good about the race.”

What did his strict regimen call for today?

“Today is sort of a day off,” he admitted.  “I am supposed to do a little cross training, but I am ‘tapering’ as they say… I am slowing down before the big race.”

Joey informed us that he will be specifically running the race for his mother’s memory.  “My mother has Alzheimer’s so I was raising money to fight Alzheimer’s,” he explained. “My goal was 26.2 thousand dollars [and] we just surpassed that on  There’s nothing wrong with raising more even if you get to your goal.”

Highly anticipated since its announcement, “The Package Tour” will feature NKOTB, Boyz II Men, and 98 Degrees all on one stage this summer. The tour kicks off with three performances right here in CT– May 28th, 29th, and 31st at Mohegan Sun.

“Hopefully, I will be recovered from the marathon to be able to get up there and perform,” Joey joked. “Logistically speaking, it is just nice to be in one place [when you start the tour].  There’s nothing like opening night.  It’s going to be exciting.”

NKOTB are sure to perform all their hits, as well as new material from their latest album, 10, which was released earlier this month.  “We wanted to make new music because our fans wanted new music,” Joey explained.  “We worked hard at it and kind of ‘seized the beast’ that is NKOTB. We are happy with how it turned out.”

So have their fans– 10 immediately made its debut in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart.

“We are just really lucky and we try to give back in any way we can,” Joey replied. “It’s a nice give and take, that is for sure. We are just five guys lucky to be doing what we love to do.”

–Tyler Roman, 96.5 TIC/ Hartford


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